Virginia Feature: Baked Beignets Dipped in Chocolate
“Beignet,” the French word for donut, is made out of fried dough with a dusting of powdered sugar on top.
There is nothing quite like the scent of sweet fried dough. When I was a student in Avignon, on my morning walks to school, the air was filled with the smell of warm beignets, fresh out of the fryer. By 7am, the bakers were already up to their elbows in flour, and their glass displays were filled with every kind of doughy delight you could imagine. There were beignets topped with chocolate, filled with jam, and covered with powdered sugar
One winter day, back in the U.S., I decided to try to make them at home. How hard could it be, I thought? Pour oil into a pot, turn the burner up to high, then drop the dough into the oil until golden brown. You can imagine my surprise when the pot burst into flames, and I nearly lit my apartment on fire. (Shout out to the local fire department. Thank you for your service!!!) After that near disaster, I vowed to leave the donut making to the experts.
Then, I discovered the donut pan. I could actually recreate this delicious treat by baking the dough. This amazing little pan also allowed me to do a healthier version of the fried beignet to satisfy my craving for a sweet breakfast treat. My daughter loves them, and enjoys dipping them in chocolate. See recipe below.
Baked beignets, to be safely enjoyed with a hot cup of café au lait, any time of day. Bon appétit!
Recipe Adapted from: Ina Garten Cinnamon Baked Donuts
Products To Make Recipe:
- 2 Cups - Flour
- 1 Cups - Sugar
- 2 Teaspoons - Baking Powder
- 2 Teaspoons - Vanilla Extract
- 1/2 Teaspoon - Fine Salt
- 1 Egg
- 1 1/4 Cup - Whole Milk (sub unsweetened vanilla almond milk for an even lighter treat)
- 2 Tablespoons - Unsalted butter, melted
- Chocolate Topping: 2 Cups - Favorite Chocolate Bar or Chips (or combine milk and semisweet)
- Heat oven to 350 degrees
- Spray a donut pan with nonstick cooking spray and set aside
- In one bowl, whisk flour sugar, salt and baking powder
- In a separate bowl, whisk together egg, vanilla extract, milk and butter
- Add the dry ingredients to the wet, then with a spatula, mix until just combined
- Fill donut pan with batter
- Bake for 18 minutes
- Allow beignets to cool a few minutes in the pan, then turn them out onto a wire rack. While the donuts are cooling you can prepare the toppings!
- Chocolate Dip Topping:
- Pour chocolate into a double boiler, and stir until melted (add chocolate to medium size bowl over a pot of simmering water)
- Allow to cool about 5 minutes. With a few twists back and forth, coat the tops of beignets with melted chocolate
- Turn beignets back over and let dry. Best served at room temperature
Leigh is a Middle School Teacher of French and a Mom to a busy four year old. She loves to entertain family and friends, and prepare daily dishes for her husband and daughter. Leigh’s meals are often influenced by her mom’s love of cooking. Leigh also creates recipes based on her experiences of living and working in the south of France. She often uses food to provide authentic experiences for her students as well. On Fridays, it’s not uncommon to see her students making crèpes and sampling French “fromage,” as part of their lesson. Always inspired by fresh, local, and seasonal ingredients, Leigh’s dishes are simple, tasty, and always made with her family in mind. Her daughter, now three, is an enthusiastic helper in the kitchen. A lover of mealtime with family and warm summer nights, Leigh is excited to share some of her favorite recipes. Follow Leigh on her Instagram account @arecipeforeveryseason